Nokomis Waterfront Homes for Sale | 238 Portofino Dr.

You can have the perfect day, every day, in the exquisitely designed home in Venetian Golf and Country Club.  Start the day off with a round of golf then enjoy an afternoon cook out with your top-of-the-line outdoor kitchen featuring granite counter tops with a large eating island, an ice maker, sink, and Solaire appliances including an infrared 30″ grill, a two burner gas stove, a glass front refrigerator and powder coated cabinetry with soft close drawers and doors. Finish off the evening with pool side cocktails under LED Nebula lighting then a movie in your state-of-the art movie room featuring a 100″ wall mounted screen, surround sound, a fiber optic star studded ceiling, and custom acoustic panels for the ultimate sound experience.

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BONUS GOLF INCENTIVE ~ Homeowner will pay your golf initiation fee!

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This four bedroom, three bath, one story house with theater room in North Venice was designed with entertaining in mind. If you have been searching for floor plans with media room downstairs, you will find that this home has one of the best floor plans for entertaining.

If you work out of the home, then the home office featuring wood floors and plantation shutters will suit you perfectly.

Cook in grand style in the chef’s kitchen, clad with premium finishes and fixtures including high-end granite, top of the line stainless steel appliances, wine refrigerator, and a wall mounted fountain. Sliding glass doors in the kitchen/great room and living room showcase the home’s gorgeous lake views while opening up the home to the outdoor entertaining space.

Spill out to the awe-inspiring lanai, where a fully-equipped outdoor stainless-steel kitchen, sun deck, private pool and spa await. Dramatic LED lighting along the lanai cage framework and custom sconce pool cage lighting complete this ultimate outdoor experience.

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Venetian amenities include nature trails, a resort style pool and spa, lap pool,  club house dining, tiki bar, fitness center and classes, tennis, and an 18-hole championship golf course.

This gated community is conveniently located close to I-75, world-famous local beaches, shopping and dining.

238 Portofino Drive Property Details

Square footage: 3146

Bedrooms: 4

Bathrooms: 3

Every detail in this home was carefully selected and designed with entertaining in mind. You won’t be able to find another new construction home with all these upgrades at this price!

  • Premium waterfront lot with western sunset views
  • Upgraded plank tile laid on a diagonal
  • Upgraded wood flooring in master and study
  • Tray ceilings
  • Crown moulding
  • Custom kitchen hood vent
  • Built in wine refrigerator
  • Custom cabinet kitchen panels on backside of kitchen island
  • Complete security system with 4 cameras accessible with your phone
  • Ring doorbell camera system (When doorbell rings it goes to your phone. Communicate with someone at your door when out of town)
  • Upgraded landscape lighting in addition to what builder installed.
  • Custom irrigation system.
  • Sonos ready (wireless sound system). Built in speakers throughout the home and on the lanai.
  • Private pool with fountain and heated spa
  • LED Nebula lighting along lanai cage ceiling framework
  • Custom sconce pool cage lighting on dimmers
  • Hurricane glass throughout, including newly installed front door glass inserts.
  • Plantation shutters or Hunter Douglas shades in all rooms
  • Remote control blinds in master bedroom
  • Ceiling fans in every room including lanai
  • Home theater room with 100″ wall mounted screen
  • Star studded fiber optic constellation with Little Dipper and Orion’s Belt in theater room
  • Outdoor kitchen with granite, ice maker, sink, and Solaire appliances including infrared 30″ grill, 2 burner gas stove, glass front refrigerator and powder coated cabinetry with soft close drawers and doors.
  • Custom stone wall behind grill area
  • Tankless water heater
  • Central vac
  • Low HOA fees of $184 quarterly!


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Venetian Golf and Country Club Real Estate | Nokomis Waterfront Homes for Sale

7 Step Guide to Buying Your First Home | Real Estate

7 Step Guide to Buying Your First Home | Real Estate

Although there are many good reasons for you to buy a home, wealth building ranks among the top of the list. We call home ownership the best “accidental investment” most people ever make. But, we believe when it is done right, home ownership becomes an “intentional investment” that lays the foundation for a life of financial security and personal choice. There are solid financial reasons to support your decision to buy a home, and, among these, equity buildup, value appreciation, and tax benefits stand out.

Looking for your home begins with carefully assessing your values, wants, and needs, both for the short and long terms. For many buyers, buying a house for the first time will be one of the biggest decisions you have made yet. When buying your first home, because the process is brand new to you, it is very easy to make mistakes. Mistakes can, in fact, cost you money. Below, we have outlined some first-time buyer advice that will act as a guide when you start planning to buy your first home in Florida or anywhere else in U.S.


buying first home guideFinding Your Home


Have you been dreaming of buying a lake home, with a long walkway, a patio, and a little garden in the backyard, yet you work in the city? The closest lake is miles away. Is it feasible to purchase a home at that location due to the distance from your job? Almost anything is possible, but your lifestyle will determine the house and location that will be most suitable for you and your family. Being a first time home buyer and entering into the housing market without clearly defined specifications of what you feel will make the perfect home and the most sense for your commute and your family can be quite confusing. If you already have an idea of what you want in a house, these expectations should be trimmed in line with what is realistically obtainable.

Here are some questions you want to ask yourself when purchasing a home:

  1. What do I want my home to be close to?
  2. How much space do I need and why?
  3. Which is more critical: location or size?
  4. Would I be interested in a fixer-upper?
  5. How important is home value appreciation?
  6. Would I be interested in a condo?
  7. Would I be interested in new home construction?
  8. What features and amenities do I want? Which do I really need?


first time houseFinancing and Mortgage Fees You Can Expect to Pay


While you may find the thought of home ownership thrilling, the thought of taking on a mortgage may be downright chilling. Many first-time buyers start out confused about the process or nervous about making such a large financial commitment, but if you are paying rent, you very likely can afford to buy. An experienced loan officer or mortgage specialist will provide you with an easy-to-understand process to securing the financing for your first home.

A less than perfect credit score will not necessarily prevent you from buying a home. There are numerous real estate financing options, so a short meeting with your loan officer will reveal the options available to you which best fit your needs. It should be noted that several considerations like your financial history and credit score will be considered before you are approved. Your loan officer will guide you in choosing the best option for financing the purchase of your home. Your choice for financing should be a package that will be properly serviced with your income, leaving you with enough funds to cater to other important future costs such as home repairs or medical expenses.

Be sure to ask plenty of questions and clarify the exact fees you will be expected to pay to avoid any hidden or unexpected charges.

Below are some of the fees you can expect to pay if you are financing your home.

  • Loan application fee – Some lenders charge a fee to process your application. Not all lenders charge this fee.
  • Credit report fee – This is the fee for pulling your credit report. It is typically a third party fee that is paid by the buyer.
  • Mortgage origination fee – This is the fee you pay your lender to prepare the mortgage for closing.
  • Discount points – A borrower can purchase buy downs to lower subsequent interest payments. This is an optional fee.
  • Survey – If you are financing a home, this is a requirement. A survey provides information on the property boundaries and locations of structures or fences.  This is typically a buyer expense unless stated otherwise in the contract.
  • Appraisal – A lender will want assurance that they are not lending on a home that is valued less than the agreed upon contract price.The lender orders the appraisal, but it is typically a buyers expense due to the fact that its part of the loan. The appraisal will determine the fair market value of a home. If an appraisal comes in lower than the purchase price, view your low appraisal options here.
  • Private mortgage insurance – Also referred to as PMI, this is the fee lenders charge to protect themselves when they are financing a large portion of the home.  If you are putting down 20% or higher, you may not be required to purchase PMI insurance.


guide for buying your first home checklist4 Important Things You Need When Buying a Home


There are 4 important things you will need when buying your first home.  This list will cover some of the most common items and the costs involved. Keep in mind, there may be additional things required of you by your lender such as copies of your tax returns or employment verification.


  1. Mortgage pre-approval: If you are not paying cash for your home, you will need a mortgage pre-approval from your mortgage lender. This is the seller’s assurance that they will be taking the property off the market for a qualified buyer. There is no charge for a mortgage pre-approval.
  2. Escrow deposit:  Once you make an offer you will be required to put down an escrow deposit, also referred to as a good faith deposit. This proves that you are serious about buying the home and assures the seller that you will not walk away from the transaction. In Sarasota, Florida, earnest money is usually 10% or less and is held by a title company or the listing brokers office. In many cases you can get your earnest money back if something goes wrong with the home purchase, otherwise, the earnest money is applied towards your down payment and closing costs.
  3. Money for your down payment and closing costs:  Your lender can provide you a good faith estimate which breaks down all your costs and provides an estimated amount of funds that you will need to bring to closing. Your down payment will depend on the type of loan you decide to go with, so consult your lender. The lack of a substantial down payment should not prevent you from making your first home purchase. Many first time home buyers opt for FHA financing which requires a lower down payment of 3.5%. If eligible, VA loans and USDA loans require no downpayment. In addition to your down payment, there are closing costs. Closing costs in Sarasota, Florida are typically 1-1.5% of the purchase price.
  4. Home Inspection:  Unlike most major purchases, once you buy a home, you can’t return it if something breaks or doesn’t quite work like it’s supposed to. For this reason, once you are under contract, you will want to perform a home inspection.The home inspector will determine if there are any major issues in the home. In Florida, the standard home inspection period is 15 days. Depending on whether it is a single family home or condo, and what additional items you choose to have inspected, such as an AC or pool, home inspections can run anywhere between $325 – $700 in the Sarasota, Florida area.


buying your first home tips and adviceHome Ownership Expenses


  • Property taxes – For some, property taxes may be included in your mortgage payments, but for others, you will receive a yearly tax bill. In the Sarasota, FL area, depending on the community your taxes can range from $900 per year to over $16,000 per year depending on the location or the community.
  • CDD fees – The Community Development District fee (CDD) is a common fee for newer communities in the Sarasota, FL area. The developer of the community borrows money from the county government for the community infrastructure and it is paid back by the homeowners. The fee is included in the annual property taxes. I have seen these fees range anywhere between $900 per year to $7000+ per year.
  • Homeowner’s insurance – Property insurance is a requirement by lenders. Prices can vary depending on the type of property or the age of the property. It is typically escrowed into your monthly mortgage payment.
  • Utility bills – Water, sewer, trash, gas, and electric are examples of utilities you will need to consider when purchasing a home.  To get an idea of the cost of each, ask the current owner for the average utility costs.
  • Homeowner association fees or condo fees – If you purchase a condo, you can expect condo fees yet, not every community has a homeowners association.  Association fees will vary according to the community and amenities. Fees are typically paid either monthly, quarterly, or annually.
  • Home maintenanceAttention to your home’s maintenance needs is essential to protecting the long-term value of your investment. Every home needs maintaining so make sure you have money set aside for upkeep or repairs.
  • Lawn service – If you plan on maintaining your own lawn, you will need to invest in a mower, yard tools, and landscape materials. It is wise to estimate the costs of these items prior to purchasing a home.
  • Pool service – In Florida, pools are commonplace in many homes. Prior to purchasing a home, it is a good idea to research the estimated cost of what it is to maintain a pool or to have someone maintain it for you.


home buying guideCurrent Real Estate Market Trends


Real estate markets have varying trends depending on the state and community. Prior to purchasing a home, conduct housing market research to understand the current market trends that influence the real estate market where you want to buy your home. Look out for market increases or decreases in statistics such as the average home price, the average number of days on the market, and the monthly supply of inventory. Lower inventory supplies indicate a seller’s market, whereas a higher supply of inventory indicates a buyer’s market. Being armed with this information will benefit you in the negotiating process.

Browse the Real Estate Market Trends and Statistics for Sarasota, FL


first time home buyer guidePets and Homeownership


If you are a pet lover then the type of home you buy should have the necessary accommodation to cater to your pets. If you are buying your first home checklist and tipspurchasing a home which is part of a condo or Homeowner’s Association (HOA), then there may be restrictions as to the number of pets allowed, the size of the pet, and the breed.  Prior to making an offer, be sure to confirm the community pet restrictions. The last thing you want to happen is to move into your new home, then be asked to remove your pet.


Learn more about HOA’s and their homeowner restrictions here.


tips for buying a house for the first timeDo Location and Accessibility Matter?


A commonly used real estate phrase is location, location, location, so yes, your ideal home should be in a good location. This decision will actually depend on your lifestyle and occupation. Houses in centralized areas typically cost more than houses located on the outskirts of the cities.  Getting a home in an area where you can easily access the transportation system, markets and malls will be convenient but may cost more. If you want to live close to the beach, then you can expect to pay more.  So in the end, you will need to decide if living further away from these conveniences outweighs paying more for a home.


Buying your first home doesn’t need to be complicated. There are real estate agents that can deliver excellent services to help you make the best choice from the available options. If you are buying a home for the first time, it is a good idea to seek professional assistance. When seeking the services of a real estate agent to find your perfect home, there is no cost to you, yet they are a great resource for providing you information on things to know when buying your first home.

Talking with a real estate professional will help you understand many other factors that should be considered before you make your final selection from the homes available on the market. Buying a home is an emotional decision; however, your home should be perfect and the home buying process should be smooth. Sadly, any mistakes made along the way may be difficult to correct, which is why it is important to use an experienced real estate broker for all your real estate concerns.

When choosing a real estate agent, qualifications are important. However, finding a solid, professional agent means getting beyond the resume, and into what makes an agent effective. Use the following questions as your starting point in hiring your licensed, professional real estate agent:

  1. Why did you become a real estate agent?
  2. Why should I work with you?
  3. What do you do better than other real estate agents?
  4. What process will you use to help me find the right home for my particular wants and needs?
  5. What are the most common things that go wrong in a transaction and how would you handle them?
  6. What are some mistakes that you think people make when buying their first home?
  7. What other professionals do you suggest we work with and what are their credentials?
  8. Can you provide me with references or testimonials from past clients?

If you have any questions or need professional real estate assistance, please do not hesitate to contact us. We pride ourselves in meeting clients needs and exceeding their expectations. We cover Sarasota, Bradenton, Lakewood Ranch, and Longboat Key and have partners in the surrounding areas or across the nation as well. We look forward to speaking with you.



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June 2017 Sarasota Real Estate Statistics


The Sarasota Real Estate Statistics – June 2017

Are you wondering what lies ahead for the Sarasota Real Estate Market 2017? Here is a glimpse of the most recent Sarasota real estate news including Sarasota real estate prices, Sarasota real estate statistics, as well as some Sarasota real estate listings within our area’s median price range. According to the statistics gathered by the Manatee Board of Realtors, both Sarasota and Manatee counties saw an increase in the following areas: new listings, median sale prices, inventory, and closed sales.

The median sales price for single family homes in Sarasota is $260,000, a decrease of 1.1 percent from May 2016.

As of the end of May 2017, we are still experiencing a seller’s market, yet it is slowly heading towards a balanced market. A balanced market means it is neither a buyers nor a sellers market. This happens when we hit a 6 month supply of inventory. The months supply of inventory is defined as an estimate on how many months it will take to deplete the current inventory.

Currently, Sarasota county single family homes are at a 4.5 month supply, while Manatee county single family homes are at a 4.3 month supply.  The Sarasota condo market is at a 5.2 month supply while the Manatee condo market is at a 4.6 month supply.

June Real Estate Statistics | 2017 vs. 2016

Average Home Price

Sarasota County:

$345,835 vs. $377,779 (Single Family Homes)

$338,511 vs. $358,234 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County:

$397,883 vs. $357,389  (Single Family Homes)

$210,554 vs. $230,591 (Condos and Townhouses)


Closed Sales

Sarasota County

822 vs 756 (Single Family Homes)

425 vs 377 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

625 vs. 608 (Single Family Homes)

238 vs. 250 (Condos and Townhouses)


Paid in Cash

Sarasota County

296 vs. 318 (Single Family Homes)

264 vs. 250 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

176 vs. 180 (Single Family Homes)

112 vs. 160 (Condos and Townhouses)


Median Percent of List Price Received

Sarasota County

95.2% vs. 95.1% (Single Family Homes)

93.8% vs. 94.5% (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

94.7% vs. 94.4% (Single Family Homes)

95.7% vs. 96% (Condos and Townhouses)


Median Days to Contract

Sarasota County

45 days vs. 35 days (Single Family Homes)

61 days vs. 40 days (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

47 days vs. 46 days (Single Family Homes)

47 days vs. 48 days (Condos and Townhouses)


New Pending Sales

Sarasota County

753 vs. 741 (Single Family Homes)

350 vs. 336 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

565 vs. 612 (Single Family Homes)

226 vs. 225 (Condos and Townhouses)


Active Listings

Sarasota County

2,982 vs. 2,635 (Single Family Homes)

1607 vs. 1,504 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

2,199 vs. 2,066  (Single Family Homes)

972 vs. 908 (Condos and Townhouses)


Month’s Supply of Inventory

Sarasota County

4.5 vs. 3.9 (Single Family Homes)

5.2 vs. 4.9 (Condos and Townhouses)

Manatee County

4.3 vs 4.1 (Single Family Homes)

4.6 vs. 4.3 (Condos and Townhouses)

View all of our Sarasota Housing Market Reports

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Browse all newly listed homes for sale just added to the database under $345,835, which is the June 2017 average home price for Sarasota.

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1255 N Gulfstream Ave #206 | Bay Plaza Sarasota




Newly renovated and gorgeous in Bay Plaza! This 2/2 plus den luxury apartment in the heart of downtown Sarasota captures the feel of New York yet is steps from the Sarasota Bay. Luxury, designer finishes include a redesigned open concept kitchen with high end BOSCH stainless steel appliances, Quartz counter tops, stainless steel back splash, and European cabinetry. Additional designer finishes throughout include Porcelanosa sinks and fixtures (from Spain), LED lighting, Legrand switches and outlets, over-sized LG washer and dryer, solid core doors, oversized closets, and porcelain plank tile laid in a herringbone pattern.  All new electric and plumbing in walls and the latest in sprinkler technology. Private balcony with a pond view.

Bay Plaza is a prestigious Gulfstream condominium building with the finest amenities including valet parking, 24-hour concierge, community pool, hot tub, fitness, plus shopping and restaurants just outside your door.



Built in 1982, this Sarasota Gulfstream condominium is one the few downtown buildings with unobstructed views of the lovely Sarasota Bay.  The building is 13 stories and consists of 97 units, ranging from 1,600 square feet to 3,500 square feet.  On the lower level, there are retail and mixed-use office spaces.

Bay Plaza is pet friendly, allowing one small dog or two cats under 25 pounds.

Unit owners are allowed to lease out their units a maximum of once per year.


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Bay Plaza is perfectly located between Palm Avenue and Gulfstream Avenue, and offers residents the choice of Bay Plaza’s fine amenities and the quaint and lively downtown Sarasota conveniences.  For those who enjoy the beach, Siesta Key Beach and Lido Key Beach are a short drive away.

  • Valet Parking
  • 24 Hour Concierge
  • Heated Community Pool
  • Spa
  • Fitness
  • Media Center
  • Within steps to downtown restaurants, shops, boutiques, and theaters.
  • 10 minutes to the Sarasota-Bradenton Airport
  • 10 minutes to Lido Key Beach
  • 20 minutes to Siesta Key Beach



Real Estate Agent Sarasota

Downtown Sarasota Renovation Tour

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A Tour of Downtown Sarasota Renovations 

Four professionally remodeled condos will be open for viewing on Saturday, March 25th from 11 am – 3 pm.  If you have been in the market for renovated downtown properties, then you don’t want to miss out on this home tour.  These gorgeous downtown condos  provide buyers a first hand opportunity to see some of Sarasota’s finest craftsmanship and innovative design ideas in home remodeling.

This is an exclusive opportunity to experience what it is like to live in some of the most stunning Sarasota condo renovations.  The tour kicks off at 1350 Main Sarasota, Unit 600, anytime between 11 am – 3 pm.  Please visit this property first. Owners will accompany visitors to their preferred properties on our list.

Step Inside Some of Sarasota’s Most Beautiful Condos

Learn more about property incentives by downloading our brochures!

1350 Main St. #600

Spectacular 2 bedroom 2 bath renovation in the heart of downtown Sarasota ~ Mid $900,000’s

770 S. Palm Avenue #402

Masterfully renovated, 2 bedroom, 2 bath residence with panoramic Bay views ~$649,900.


1255 N Gulfstream Ave. #206

Trendy and chic 2 bedroom 2 bath renovation in the heart of downtown Sarasota ~ $725,000

Promenade condos for sale


1211 Gulf of Mexico Dr #603

Luxurious renovation with top of the line finishes and Gulf of Mexico views ~ $864,000

Meet the Home Renovator

Brista Homes | 1656 Main Street, Sarasaota, FL | 941-373-0500


Brista Homes Home BuilderMark Ursini is the renovation contractor for the properties on our home tour. He is founder and president of Brista Homes, Inc., a development and construction company that specializes in custom-built homes and remodels in the downtown Sarasota and Longboat Key areas. His mission goes beyond building high quality, distinctive houses. He takes that extra step in making your house a home through his superior attention to detail. His team takes pride in not only fulfilling client’s individual needs, but also exceeding their expectations. His many years of experience provide him with the knowledge and expert craftsmanship to build or renovate quality homes within your budget. As a family oriented company, he understand the true value of creating a home where lasting memories can be made.​

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Park Residences | Lido Key Florida Real Estate



Lido Key, an amazing, quiet little beach town, is located in Sarasota, FL, boasting soft, sandy beaches, and perfect sunsets. Lido’s magnificent beach side is lined with Lido beach condos and resorts, mostly built in the 1980’s.  One of its newest and most sought after communities is the luxurious Park Residences of Lido Key, an enclave of 18 residences boasting coastal style living spaces with the essence of an island paradise.

Designed by the award winning architect, DSDG, these three bedroom, three bath modern condos feature European kitchens with imported Italian cabinetry, Quartz counter tops, Viking appliances, eco friendly finishes, a spacious lanai with cedar plank ceilings and Artisan gas grills, a convenience and feature not found in most condos.

If you are looking to make this quaint piece of paradise your home, you can count on perfect sunsets, and delicious food and shopping at the famous St. Armand’s circle, only a short stroll away.




129 Taft Drive #103



159 Taft Drive #206





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  • Large private courtyard area perfect for entertaining
  • Resort-style heated pool with fountains
  • Heated spa
  • Luxurious poolside cabanas for the ultimate Island living
  • Custom designed fire pit
  • Barbecue area with trellis
  • Private secured storage lockers
  • Bicycle and kayak storage
  • On site Kayak racks
  • Access to Ted Sperling kayak launch